3D, Brand, STE(A)M, Transmedia, Video

Opening Credits Video / Animation

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Transmedia, Video

Creating Engagement

There are so many ways to create engagement with the projects I’m working on now. I’m excited about presenting one of my painting techniques in my adversity video. While paintings are amazing at communicating with audiences, they often lack engagement besides interpretation. One of the ways I’m making my newest painting engaging is by filming the process of creating it. This technique is new as far as I know so I wanted to share it with others. I also wanted to talk about why I used human bone and ash to paint it because while some may see the medium in a morbid light, the use of these materials was very deliberate and are part of a healing process.

In 2013 I lost my dad in a car accident. He was cremated and the funeral home presented me with his remains. In a state of shock and tragedy, I had no idea what to do with them until one day I read a book that jumped out at me in the library of the college called the Kybalion. In that book I read about Hermetic Philosophy and a concept called “The All.” From that moment on I could reconcile my emotions surrounding the loss I had endured. Painting about this gave me the strength I needed to heal and created a new home for his remains. I chose to present this process both in video and photography where I took a series of self-portraits for my photography class as well. While these aren’t exactly fun to watch, they’re an interesting peak behind the scenes of my creative process. I’ll also be making another video about my artwork in a more general sense for a later project and my portfolio. These will both be shared on my blog as well.

STE(A)M, Transmedia, Video

Fictional Stories, Education and Moral Conduct

Fictional stories are great at teaching for many reasons. People love storytelling but don’t always need the stories to be based on reality, fiction is a great escape and can also carry a message sometimes even more powerful than nonfiction stories. Many fictional stories are allegories with hidden meaning that isn’t apparent on the surface but through symbolism are able to convey a moral or political message.
A fictional story that’s had an influence on my life growing up was a TV and movie series called the X-files. Through the twisted tales of this franchise, I learned to appreciate oddities. One of the recurring morals of the story in the X-Files is that there are things in this world which aren’t always easy or even possible to explain with science as we know it. The character I empathize with is the Cigarette Smoking Man. To me, he was neither hero nor villain, but more of a necessity for challenging the characters.. It’s an endlessly fascinating series which I hope they continue to expand. I remember playing the old PC game from ’98, an update would be interesting.

Transmedia, Video

Key Elements of Storytelling

Storytelling needs to be engaging to keep the audience interested. There are a few key ingredients in a good story that captivate people. Primarily, you need at least one character. You can’t really keep someone invested in a story about an inanimate object that never does anything to further the story, there is no story without a character. Once that’s established there needs to be some sort of situation that challenges the character or a conflict. This gives the story a purpose and carries the narrative to a plot, a way of leading the audience to an eventuality that concludes the story.

Through this plot the story will thicken and create tension to hold the attention of the spectator and further challenge the character(s). Then you overlay the bare bones of the story with setting, mood, and theme to add richness and distinction to the story. This is the part that can really make a story stand out. While there is a basic format to telling a story, originality is being able to convey a gripping story through perspective. Everyone tells stories differently but enjoys them equally, stories are the fabric of the human experience.

One of my favorite stories is one I’m still in the process of exploring, a video game called Final Fantasy XV. Anyone who’s ever played a game from the Final Fantasy series knows how rich they are with compelling stories, characters and methods of engagement.

STE(A)M, Video

Music Video – Original Story Proposal

A music video based on the music works of Jack Cote and the visual artistry combined by
Jack Cote and Cory Castillon.

Production Staff – need to decide what specific roles everyone should take on – all of them or split actions out.

Jack Cote
Directing, Producing, Writing, Filming, Editing

Cory Castillon
Directing, Producing, Writing, Filming, Editing

Statement

 A form of collaboration bringing together audio and visual into one project, captivating a story that follows the artistic stylings of the project producers.

Background & Need

The art of visual and audio combination in media shows talent of all that are involved with the production of the video. Music videos have made ground breaking impacts in the media for several decades. The background for this project is to highlight the work of those involved and to give an experience to tell a story on several various levels. The need is to give experience of what it is like to take on the part of production that works with the artistic side of media that is still holding true for musicians and video producers alike.

 Approach, Form & Style

As a music video, the video will be built upon a base around the story that is being portrayed by the music produced and the theme that fits towards the audio perceived into a visual form that the video producers collectively piece together around the story. The story will have a meaning that people could perceive for themselves on a level that relates to them but also have the direct meaning that the produces collectively agree would work visually with the audio. The style will be fitting upon the style of how the producers feel would fit with their forms of creativity.

Production Schedule

First half of Oct. 2017

Music Production. Story Development and Scripting.

B-Roll based on story line.

Second half of Oct. 2017
Storyboarding. Film main components towards story.

Tying story film and b-roll into full video. Editing and effects.

Beginning of Nov. 2017

Video review. Finish editing and effects.
Final video production.

Nov. 8 – Version 1
Nov. 15 – Version 2

Budget – Based on “what if” budget for major media outlets

Hourly Rate Per Filmmaker $30

10 hours total filming x 2 = $600

14 hours total editing x 2 = $840

6 hours travel time x 2 = $360

6 hours concept & development x 2 = $360

Total hourly charges = $2160

Miscellaneous Expenses

Travel meals $75 x 2 = $150

Lighting = $200

Video props = $100

Video clothes = $200

Travel Expenses = $200

Total Costs = $850

Total Film Budget = $3010

Audience, Marketing & Distribution

The audience is for all of those that enjoy music videos and short stories performed with audio and visual. Marketing is based upon the artists creative aspirations to further promote their talents. Distribution would be mainly through Youtube and other various social media for multiple means of viewing.

Biographies

Jack Cote is a full-time student at Peninsula College in the field of Multimedia Communications. A veteran of 4 years in the United States Army, he carries over his hard-work ethics and team working skills towards his school work while striving to show the messages that class projects represent. Jack works in many forms of Multimedia aside from Video Production such as, Photography, Image Editing, 3D Design, Infographics, Digital Storytelling, and Digital Design. Former video projects he has participated in are “Nature’s Menace” Mocumentary Video, Veterans Resource Service Video, and Olympic Medical Center Volunteers Program Video.

Cory Castillon is also a full-time student at Peninsula College studying graphic design in the multimedia communications department. His artwork consists of mixed media from acrylic, photography, Adobe, Autodesk, Unreal Engine, Unity, and his signature porcelain sculptures. Cory is currently working on his Associates degree in multimedia and will be pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in business soon. As an honors student, his capstone project was to create a formula using the pop up gallery format to provide an outlet for student artists to share their work with their local communities and beyond. His Correctional Access project was featured in the nonprofit commons Digital Citizenship exhibit in which he advocates for access to VR technology for inmate rehabilitation and employment training. The goal of that project is to offer creative solutions to ending mass incarceration in the United States.

Miscellaneous

Release forms will be required for all individuals appearing in our film.

STE(A)M, Video

Mini Documentary Proposal

A Mini Documentary featuring Peninsula Colleges Game Design program for inmates at Clallam Bay Correctional Facility.

Production Staff – need to decide what specific roles everyone should take on – all of them or split actions out.

Cory Castillon
Directing, Producing, Writing, Filming, Editing, Interviewing

Statement

Education drastically reduces recidivism for inmates who complete their sentences. This film explores game design and its significance to inmates in the education program at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

Background & Need

Clallam Bay Correction Center is home to the world’s first educational program that provides inmates with the skills required to design video games. This documentary tells the story of the students as well as educators involved in the program.

 Approach, Form & Style

Upon approval by administration, PR, legal and management officials, this film will comprise of several interviews featuring inmates who are currently in the game design program at the maximum-security prison on the Olympic Peninsula. This film will be an interview documentary in form and the style will be as transparent as possible within the legal and policy guidelines provided by the facility’s HQ located in Olympia, WA. Some interviews may be audio only combined with various shots of the surroundings, shadows, hands, computer screens etc.

 Production Schedule

First half of Oct. 2017

Securing the rights to film, establishing guidelines to comply with laws and policies of the facility, writing interview questions and setting dates to film

Second half of Oct. 2017
Exploring the facility, finding a location to film, determining who can interview (death row inmates, juveniles, convicts with gag orders and pending court dates are not eligible) Filming interviews and surrounding scenes.

Beginning of Nov. 2017

Editing, screening, and presentation

Nov. 8 – Version 1
Nov. 15 – Version 2

Budget – Based on “what if” budget for major media outlets

Hourly Rate Per Filmmaker $30

10 hours total filming = $300

14 hours total editing = $420

6 hours travel time = $180

6 hours concept & development = $180

Total hourly charges = $1,080

Miscellaneous Expenses

Travel meals $75

Lighting = $140

Video props = $150

Video clothes = $300

Travel Expenses = $200

Total Costs = $865

Total Film Budget = $1,945.00

Audience, Marketing & Distribution

This film is designed to go viral to inspire other correction facilities to offer similar programs. It will be marketed to the general public, particularly friends and families of people who are currently in the massive correction system in the United States. It will be distributed online starting with the filmmaker’s blog and social media accounts as well as YouTube and shared with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Group’s “Art for Justice Fund.”

Biographies

Cory Castillon is a full-time student at Peninsula College studying graphic design in the multimedia communications department. His artwork consists of mixed media from acrylic, photography, Adobe, Autodesk, Unreal Engine, Unity, to his signature porcelain sculptures. Cory is currently working on his Associates degree in multimedia and will be pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in business soon. As an honors student, his capstone project was to create a formula using the pop up gallery format to provide an outlet for student artists to share their work with their local communities and beyond. His Correctional Access project was featured in the nonprofit commons Digital Citizenship exhibit in which he advocates for access to VR technology for inmate rehabilitation and employment training. The goal of that project is to offer creative solutions to ending mass incarceration in the United States.

Miscellaneous

Release forms will be required for all individuals appearing in our film.